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Senior center receives creative arts grant

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Fox Valley Older Adult Services received a $5,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to remodel and update the Creative Arts room at the senior center located at 1406 Suydam Road in Sandwich.

The funds will be used for new flooring, improvements to the HVAC system and installation of a new window to enhance the lighting in the room. These improvements will provide a safer, brighter and more comfortable environment for the many participants in the programs offered in the room.

Creative arts programs including needle arts, crafts, painting, wood carving, music, writing workshops and more help to stimulate the mind, the body and the spirit while inspiring creative expression. Research from the George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health and Humanities revealed that creative activities can keep seniors healthy by raising self-esteem, increasing enthusiasm for life and resulting in fewer doctor visits.

“We are so grateful to the DeKalb County Community Foundation for their generous grant,” Cindy Worsley, executive director of Fox Valley Older Adult Services, said in a news release. “This grant shows their support for the value of creative arts as we age.”

To find out more about FVOAS, visit www.fvoas.org or 815-786-9404.

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